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Top coauthors in legal academia.

The role that collaboration plays in creativity and the production of knowledge is an major focus of my recent research. As such, I’m generally interested in patterns of collaboration. Having mostly wrapped up the fall submission season and participated in selecting the last articles that I will help select for the Northwestern University Law Review, I found myself wondering about patterns

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Appellate brief length, sentiment, and subjectivity as predictors of case outcome

Published by in Academic, Featured on March 19th, 2013

      I recently did a quick language analysis of appellate case briefs to determine whether there were linguistic traits of the briefs that could be used to predict the case outcome.  I collected about 100 briefs, from cases where Westlaw had both appellee and appellant briefs.  Briefs were then coded by procedural posture,

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The relationship between research output and teaching quality

This post was inspired by the discussion about the value of research in legal academia at Workplace Prof Blog.  In the comment section of the linked post you’ll see that on the one side of the issue we have individuals like Mitchell Rubenstein arguing that “teaching is only of secondary importance” to today’s legal professoriate.

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Communities within the US cabinet

This is a preview of some work I’ve been doing recently.  Using some multiplex relational information, I’ve assembled a network of the US federal government.  After a bit of voodoo and some community detection algorithms, we see three communities within the federal cabinet. In the image below, node size is proportional to weighted degree, so

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#Congress11 Twitter Graph

Published by in Academic, Featured on June 2nd, 2011

At the request of @caitlinkealey I’ve given the #congress11 hashtag the same treatment as #CCA2011 and made a quick-and-dirty network graph of those using the tag. Its a big difficult to read mess, but it looks like there are two components that hold together quite well. While the divisions aren’t 100% clear, the graph seems

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#CCA2011 Twitter Graph

Published by in Academic, Featured on June 2nd, 2011

As a newcomer to conference tweeting, I was interested in getting a better look at what was going on than I could get from the twitter search features. So I graphed the network of all those using the #CCA2011 hashtag. Nodes are obviously twitter users – with size relative to total degree (in+out) – and

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